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Next Scheduled Meeting:

Friday, May 12, 6:30 P.M.

Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave.

(See Upcoming Events for full details.)




About Our Club

The Manhattan, Kansas Amateur Radio Society (MAARS) was formed on July 7, 1976. The purpose of the club is to advance amateur radio in the Manhattan area. Since the beginning, the club has been active in different aspects of amateur radio, packet radio, satellites, community activities, ARRL Field Day, and amateur radio classes. Also, many club members have been very involved through the years with emergency communications and storm spotting. The club operates under the authority and guidelines of our Constitution.


Committees

  • Christmas Party
  • Field Day
  • Picnic/Auction
  • Program
  • Publicity
  • Repeater
  • RFI

    To learn more about a committee or to volunteer, please contact the president.


  • Contacting Us

  • President
  • MAARS Facebook Page
  • MAARS Google Group
  • PO BOX 613 Manhattan, KS 66505-0613

  • Meetings

    Meetings are now in the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave., on the usual schedule of second Fridays. Check Upcoming Events below to confirm details for the next meeting.


    Nets

    Manhattan Weekly Net

  • Tuesdays at 9 P.M.
  • KSØMAN repeater, 147.255+ MHz
  • All amateurs (technician and above) are welcome to check in.
  • Following the net, we have the swap net. You can buy or sell any items found in the shack.
  • On-air negotiating is not permitted during the swap net.

  • Officers for 2015-16

    President Mark Benfer, KCØQAS (785) 341-2125 Send email
    Vice-President George Johnson, KEØALQ    
    Secretary Jim Foster, KDØNQQ  
    Treasurer Patti Johnson, KEØBBJ    
    Also:
    Trustee Mike Moore, NØPVU    
    WARN Coordinator Mark Benfer, KCØQAS    

    Repeater

    Located 1.5 miles south of Manhattan, Kansas, the MAARS repeater is at the KSDB site near K-177. The controller is an S-Com 7K. The repeater runs 10 watts output to a commercial antenna at 110 feet. Coverage as far east as Topeka and as far west as Abilene is common. The input frequency is 147.855 MHz, and the output frequency is 147.255 MHz. The repeater callsign is KSØMAN. The repeater is an open repeater, and may be accessed by any properly-licensed amateur.

    Users of the KSØMAN repeater should be familiar with the autopatch procedures and other guidelines.

    Visit the Kansas Amateur Repeater Council page for a comprehensive list of Kansas repeaters. (Click on RPT Directory.)

    Manhattan Area Repeaters
    CallsignFreq./OffsetOpen/ClosedPL ToneNotes
    KS1EMS
    147.315 +
    open162.2Ft. Riley / J.C.
    WØKHP
    444.525 +
    open162.2Alma to Clay Center & Lawrence (map)
    KSØMAN
    147.255 +
    open88.5autopatch, wx net
    WØQQQ
    145.410 -
    opennone
    WØQQQ
    444.175 +
    open88.5

    Upcoming Events 2017

    MAARS / RILEY COUNTY EOC JOINT EXERCISE
    • Saturday, May 6
    • 8:00 A - noon
    • parking lot west of 410 Houston St. (map)
    • This is our chance to raise awareness of the MAARS/ARES and what volunteers can do in Manhattan. This will be a ramp up exercise to a larger involvement.

      We need to setup a portable station. David Mills, KDØAZG, is working on an antenna, and looking for a tripod of some sort to be able to get it up in the air to help us around the buildings downtown. Worst case scenario, we abandon simplex and use the repeater locally.

      Laurie Harrison has agreed to get us sheets that the county uses for the EOC to keep track of message traffic, a large map for command and hand out maps for the search units. We will have a corresponding message log to compare after action how accurate the messages were relayed and copied. Just remember that the messages need to be numbered so they can be tracked, that could be vital in a true emergency. Maps will have a simple grid system to identify search areas.

    MONTHLY MEETING

    FCC LICENSE TESTING

    • Saturday, May 13
    • 9:00 A
    • Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave.
    • Groesbeck Room, second floor
    • floor plan (Scroll down for 2nd floor.)
    • Info (Facebook)
    • conducted by the Manhattan Area Amateur Radio Society
    • $15 covers all tests taken and passed on the first try.

    CERT CLASS

    • Saturdays, June 10 + 17
    • 8:00 A - 5:00 P
    • From Natasha Hunter, KDØZKL, Pott. Co. Emergency Mgmt. Coordinator: "Pott and Riley County are offering a CERT class in June on the 10th and 17th from 8 to 5 in Wamego. You are to attend both days to become a CERT member. You do not have to be a CERT member to help with the bike repair day, as they are looking for hams to help also, but some have both types of training. If you are interested in participating in the CERT training, we can add you to the list. There is a lot of information that can be gained from the training, and we invite CERT members to additional trainings throughout the year."

    • From Jon Klimek: "This is our chance to raise awareness of the MAARS/ARES and what volunteers can do in Manhattan.

      This morning I had a meeting with Laurie Harrison at RCEM, and we have the following news to pass on. The exercise will be starting May 6th at 8 a.m., at the parking lot west of 410 Houston St. We plan to be finished before noon. This will be a ramp up exercise to a larger involvement. Should this training event be well received, we can plan a larger and smoother OP with media coverage, TV and newspaper would be good for us all.

      We need to setup a portable station. I am working on an antenna, and looking for a tripod of some sort to be able to get it up in the air to help us around the buildings downtown. Worst case scenario we abandon simplex and use the repeater locally.

      Laurie has agreed to get us sheets that the county uses for the EOC to keep track of message traffic, a large map for command and hand out maps for the search units. We will have a corresponding message log to compare after action how accurately the messages were relayed and copied. Just remember that the messages need to be numbered so they can be tracked. That could be vital in a true emergency. Maps will have a simple grid system to identify search areas.

      While searching the core downtown area, we are going to take each street and alley in the zone as a search pattern. There will be some reports from the TextFree that will give an address or location. Sometimes the person sending this in has a vague description. This will be like the information that may really come in from the field by a casual observer, or someone at a scene who might be shaken up.

      If you have a few modest skills with a wrench, it wouldn't hurt to bring a couple simple tools, in case we can assist in a bit of bike repair. I would suggest 14mm and 15mm sockets and a screwdriver. Simple things like adjusting seats, tightening the crank arms and the handlebars are 90% of the repairs needed. If we have more manpower than we need to cover comms, the assistance will help things move faster. CERT members are requested to bring their vests - no hard hats needed.

      Laurie will bring the county FRS radios for non-hams. We can interop with them on Baofeng radios (or other SDR type receivers) set up for dual watch/monitor. I am going to work on soldering my antenna tonight. Anyone have a small portable tower I can attach my 3/4" copper J pole to?

      What the future holds for us - a real meaningful exercise with the professional services. Use of the mobile command post and RCEM EOC, exercises where we get opportunity to engage with Police and Fire and directly communicate. Real world practice under our belts before the real test.

    ARRL FIELD DAY 2017

    FCC LICENSE TESTING

    • Saturday, September 9
    • 9:00 A
    • location TBA
    • Info (Facebook)
    • conducted by the Manhattan Area Amateur Radio Society
    • $15 covers all tests taken and passed on the first try.



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